How To Update Linux Mint

How To Update Linux Mint – Upgrades are usually done when there is an updated version coming out. For example there is a version of Linux Mint 18.2 (Sarah). Some time ago the latest Linux Mint version has come out, which is version 18.3 (Sylvia). There are two ways you can upgrade Linux Mint to the latest version. First through Update Manager and the second through Commands in Terminal. For more details, see the following How To Update Linux Mint tutorial:

How To Update Linux Mint

Upgrade Linux Mint through Update Manager

Update Manager is the default Linux Mint program that has the task of managing the application version updates and Linux Mint versions.

Following are the steps to upgrade Mint Linux through Update Manager:

1. Open the Update Manager program, then go to the Edit-> Upgrade to Linux Mint menu.

2. In the window that appears, click next.

3. Next in the Requirements section, please check I understand the risk:

4. Wait for the download process to complete.

5. Finish.

Upgrade Linux Mint via Terminal

I do upgrading Linux Mint via Terminal, because it’s quite easy to do.


1. Open Terminal, then type the following command:

2. sudo apt dist-upgrade

3. Wait until the process is complete.

In the Linux Mint distro, it is equipped with a dependency update management application called Update Manager. This application is useful for checking the latest list of applications used by the operating system in the official repository, mirror repositories, or PPA repositories of installed applications.

We can find the Update Manager application by accessing the “Start Menu” on our desktop page. Namely from “Start Menu” => Administration => Update Manager.

In addition to the access method above, Update Manager also has shortcuts in the bar or system tray on the desktop page. Namely in the lower right corner of the system tray, the logo icon is in the form of a shield.

We open the Update Manager application, and an application window will appear. Make sure the internet connection is active and stable. Then we select View => Linux Kernel menu, to open a new window page that lists the kernel.

Before the kernel list window opens, a warning window will appear, which we need to be careful about updating the kernel. The new kernel sometimes has compatibility issues with hardware drivers that run smoothly in the previous kernel. For example, I have ever met, namely certain brand VGA drivers that do not run normally in the latest version of the kernel, certain brands of WiFi drivers, or can also drivers for certain brands of Soundcard.

However, compatibility issues are rare, especially if the installed driver is an open source type driver. For example, the default open source Linux Mint driver for AMD Radeon VGA that is automatically installed when installing the first Linux installation.

As for the latest installed kernels experiencing compatibility issues, we can “roll-back” or set the Grub Loader to run the previous version of the Linux kernel.

In the warning window, we press the Continue button to proceed to the next process. In the next process a list of available kernels will appear. In this example, we will install the latest version 4.10.x kernel that is available in the Linux Mint repository.

In the example above, we will install Linux kernel version 4.10.0–27. The method is that we click the kernel option 4.10.0-27, then the Install button will appear. Click the Install button to proceed to the next process. After the installation process is complete, we need to restart / boot the computer. This is so that the Linux Grub Loader selects the latest kernel during the boot process.

Finished rebooting the computer. We can check the installed and running kernel versions through the Update Manager application. Or you can also open Terminal and type the command uname to see the kernel version that is running.

Updating the kernel is indeed quite risky on the stability of computer drivers. But by updating the kernel, it can also increase the performance of the operating system that we install. That is because in the latest version of the kernel there are improvements to the previous version of kernel bugs, and also the addition of better support for the latest hardware and existing computer hardware.

Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia has been released, for users of Linux Mint distributions versions 18, 18.2 and 18.2 can now upgrade to the latest version of this most popular Linux distro. The process of upgrading the latest version 18.3 Sylvia is quite easy, just like when we upgrade to version 18 to 18.1 or 18.1 to 18.2. Just use the default Linux Mint system update manager application and after that we can enjoy the latest features of the Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia distro. As we can see on blog.linuxmint (November 27, 2017) that the Linux Mint development team has officially released the latest version for the Cinnamon and Mate editions. Now, we can update or upgrade Linux Mint to version 18.3 Sylvia.

Linux Mint brings a number of new applications and some improvements to Sylvia 18.3. The popular Whatsapp chat application is also included in the latest release of Linux Mint Sylvia. In addition, we also make it easy to install the redshift and flatpak applications. You will find many new things on Linux Mint Sylvia.

The upgrade process is relatively easy, especially if you have previously upgraded Linux Mint. Quickly the slow process depends on the internet speed you are using. To smooth the upgrade, we should use a smooth and stable internet connection.

Backup System

Before carrying out the upgrade process, you should do a backup of the computer system. This is done just in case the upgrade process fails, which can cause a system crash. One application that we can use to back up the Linux Mint system is timeshift. Please install the timeshift application as follows: Run the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + t) then type the text command below:

Upate system: 1sudo apt update

Install timeshift:1sudo apt install timeshift

After the installation process is complete, run timeshift through the ⇾ system tools ⇾ timeshft menu. How to backup and restore a Linux system using this application is quite easy, all presented in good graphics commands.

• First select type snapshot (RSYNC)

• Then specify the location where the snapshot is stored (backup)

• After that set the snapshot level, select one (monthly, weekly, daily, hour, boot) then click the next button

• After completing all the complete setup, click the Finish button

• In the timeshift window click the create button to start the backup process

Upgrade Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia

After the Linux Mint system backup process is complete, we can upgrade more comfortably and calmly. If there is a failure during the upgrade process, we can still restore the system as before using the backup file that we just created.

First disable the screensaver before upgrading. Please use the default Linux Mint system screensaver settings to do this. After that, do the method below to upgrade Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia.

• First click on the default update manager icon Cinnamon or Mate Linux Mint system. The location of icons is usually in the right panel in the form of a shield image

• Then refresh in the button to update manager window

• After that install these two packages: mintupdate and …, please click the Install update button to install the application package through the Linux Mint update manager.

• Next, display the Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia upgrade system by: Click on the Edit button ⇾ Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia.

• In the Linux Mint Upgrade window 18.3 Sylvia follows every instruction that is there until the upgrade process is run

• After completion, please reboot the computer to see the changes in the results of the upgrade process

If there is no problem during the Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia upgrade process, we can now use the latest version of this Linux Mint distro. To ascertain whether the upgrade process is successful or not, we can see system information that will display the name and version of the Linux Mint distro that we are using. Hopefully the tutorial information on How To Update Linux Mint can help you, while trying.